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verb \ˈsīt\

Simple Definition of cite

  • : to write or say the words of (a book, author, etc.)

  • : to mention (something) especially as an example or to support an idea or opinion

  • law : to order (someone) to appear before a court of law

Full Definition of cite


  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to call upon officially or authoritatively to appear (as before a court)

  3. 2 :  to quote by way of example, authority, or proof <cites several noteworthy authors>

  4. 3 a :  to refer to; especially :  to mention formally in commendation or praise b :  to name in a citation

  5. 4 :  to bring forward or call to another's attention especially as an example, proof, or precedent <cited the weather as a reason for canceling the picnic>

cit·able play \ˈsī-tə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of cite

  1. The article cites several experts on the subject.

  2. The museum had often been cited as an example of successful fund-raising.

  3. He cited evidence suggesting she was in the area when the crime was committed.

  4. She was cited for reckless driving.

Origin of cite

Middle English, from Anglo-French citer to cite, summon, from Latin citare to put in motion, rouse, summon, from frequentative of ciēre to stir, move — more at -kinesis

First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of cite

summon, call, cite, convoke, convene, muster mean to demand the presence of. summon implies the exercise of authority <was summoned to answer charges>. call may be used less formally for summon <called the legislature into special session>. cite implies a summoning to court usually to answer a charge <cited for drunken driving>. convoke implies a summons to assemble for deliberative or legislative purposes <convoked a Vatican council>. convene is somewhat less formal than convoke <convened the students>. muster suggests a calling up of a number of things that form a group in order that they may be exhibited, displayed, or utilized as a whole <mustered the troops>.

CITE Defined for Kids


verb \ˈsīt\

Definition of cite


  1. 1 :  to order to appear in court <She was cited for reckless driving.>

  2. 2 :  to quote as an example, authority, or proof <He cites several experts in his report.>

  3. 3 :  to refer to especially in praise <The school was cited as a model for others.>

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